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Explore It! Reduce Risk and Increase Confidence with Exploratory Testing

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ISBN-10: 1937785025

ISBN-13: 9781937785024

Edition: 2013

Authors: Elisabeth Hendrickson

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Uncover surprises, risks, and potentially serious bugs with exploratory testing. Rather than designing all tests in advance, explorers design and execute small, rapid experiments, using what they learned from the last little experiment to inform the next. Learn essential skills of a master explorer, including how to analyze software to discover key points of vulnerability, how to design experiments on the fly, how to hone your observation skills, and how to focus your efforts.Software is full of surprises. No matter how careful or skilled you are, when you create software it can behave differently than you intended. Exploratory testing mitigates those risks. Part 1 introduces the core,…    
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Pragmatic Programmers, LLC, The
Publication date: 3/12/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Elisabeth Hendrickson is a tester, developer, and Agile enabler. A seasoned veteran, she wrote her first line of code in 1980, and almost immediately found her first bug. In 2010 she won the prestigious Gordon Pask Award from the Agile Alliance. She is best known for her Google Tech Talk on Agile Testing as well as her wildly popular Test Heuristics Cheatsheet. She splits her time between teaching, speaking, writing, programming, and working on Agile teams that value her obsession with testing.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Preface
Establishing Foundations
On Testing and Exploration
Two Sides of Testing
Essential Elements of Exploratory Testing
Working in Time-Boxed Sessions
Practice Sessions
Charter Your Explorations
Chartering the Expedition
A Simple Charter Template
Good Charters
Generating Charters
The Nightmare Headline Game
Planning Charters
Practice Sessions
Observe the Details
But Did You See the Moonwalking Bear?
Digging Deeper
Testability and Making the Invisible Visible
Consoles and Logs
Practice Sessions
Find Interesting Variations
Variables Are Things That Vary
Subtle Variables, Big Disasters
Identifying Variables
Variables! They're Everywhere!
Practice Sessions
Evaluate Results
Never and Always
Alternative Resources
Approximations
Practice Sessions
Adding Dimensions
Vary Sequences and Interactions
Nouns and Verbs
Random Navigation
Personas
Practice Sessions
Explore Entities and Their Relationships
Recognizing Entities, Attributes, and Dependencies
CRUD: Create, Read, Update, Delete
Following the Data
Practice Sessions
Discover States and Transitions
Recognizing States and Events
Diagramming a State Model
Exploring with State Models
Changing the Representation: State Tables
Practice Sessions
Explore the Ecosystem
Diagramming the Ecosystem
Trust Boundaries
What If?
Follow the Data
Practice Sessions
Putting it in Context
Explore When There Is No User Interface
Exploring an API
Exploring a Programming Language
Exploring a Web Service
Characterizing Bugs
Practice Sessions
Explore an Existing System
Starting with a Recon Session
Sharing Observations
Interviewing Stakeholders to Gather Questions
Selecting Techniques
Recording Your Findings
What About the Dreaded Unreproducible Bugs?
Practice Sessions
Explore Requirements
Getting into the Requirements Meeting
In the Requirements Meeting
Charter During Requirements Discussions
Active Reading
Practice Sessions
Integrate Exploration Throughout
Exploring as Part of Your Test Strategy
Paired Exploration
Discovering Systemic Sources of Problems
Estimating Exploration
How to Tell When You Have Explored Enough
Debriefing Stakeholders
Capturing Useful Nuggets of Wisdom
Practice Sessions
Interviewing for Exploratory Testing Skills
Paired Exploratory Testing as Part of an Interview
Assessing the Candidates
Test Heuristics Cheat Sheet
General Heuristics
Web Heuristics
Bibliography
Index